POLAND, Ohio – There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman for William J. “Bill” McGuire, Jr., 90, who passed peacefully on Thursday, June 29, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Friends may call from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to the service.
He was born on November 17, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of William J. and Freda Weber-McGuire.
He leaves his devoted wife of 58 years, the former Berta M. Gintaut, of Poland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Johanna Strupkus; a brother, Robert L. McGuire; sisters-in-law, Rosemarie McGuire, Helen Bendel and Frieda Schwederski; brothers-in-law, Gerhard Strupkus and Werner Schwederski; a niece, Karen McGuire-Cook and a nephew, Werner Schwederski, Jr. He also leaves his nieces, Heidi (Glenn) Garwig of Boardman, Karin (Louis) DiNardo of Boardman, Inge (Michael) Farragher of Galveston, Texas and Elayne (Larry) Bozick of Lowellville and his nephews, Richard (Robin) Strupkus of Leander, Texas, Robert McGuire of Arlington, Virginia, David McGuire of Cotati, California and Michael (Carolyn) McGuire of Twinsburg.
Bill was a 1945 graduate of Youngstown East High School and attended Youngstown College for two years.
He was employed at Ward Bakery and Truscon Steel prior to enlisting in the United States Army from which he was honorably discharged as a corporal in the Medical Corps in Korea. He retired from U.S. Steel as a metallurgical turn foreman after 30 years of dedicated service.
Bill was a member of the former Honterus Lutheran Church and became a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, where he served on several committees.
Bill was a member of Western Star Masonic Lodge No. 21 F.&A.M. for 65 years and was a 60-year member of the Mahoning Valley Scottish Rite. He was a 65-year member of the Youngstown Maennerchor, having served in various capacities including president, vice president, trustee and most notably as financial secretary for over 25 years. Bill was awarded honorary membership shortly after becoming a member because of his tireless and steadfast efforts on behalf of the club.
He was an avid card player, especially adept at cribbage and pinochle and was a founding member of the Mahoning Valley Cribbage Club. Bill enjoyed sports, particularly Notre Dame football and witnessing the Cavs’ championship win.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Dr., Youngstown, Ohio 44512 or to the Mickey Schuster Scholarship Fund, care of Bethel Lutheran Church.
Family and Friends send online condolences to the McGuire family at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, July 4 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.